Unapologetically Herself – The Trial for the Murder of Jenna Burleigh

In September 2017, I shared a story on Patreon about Temple University student Jenna Burleigh.  Jenna was a transfer student from suburban Philadelphia.  She’d just started her junior year at temple in North Philadelphia, majoring in film and media arts studies, commuting from her home in Harleysville, Pennsylvania.  The semester had barely begun when Jenna was reported missing by her father on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Temple University campus police, Philadelphia police and the Pennsylvania state police worked quickly and within days they’d found Jenna Burleigh in north east Pennsylvania. She’d been murdered.  Police identified a person of interest who was quickly arrested and charged with Jenna’s murder: a man named Joshua Hupperterz, a former Temple University Student with a criminal record that went back to his teenage years, although nothing in that record came close to murder.

In January 2019, Joshua Hupperterz was tried for Jenna’s murder and within less than two hours after the case was handed over to a jury, he was found guilty of murdering 22 year old Jenna Burleigh on the morning of August 31, 2017.

This episode includes background about Jenna’s life and her murder from the 2017 Patreon episode, plus case updates about the trial of Joshua Hupperterz.  

Research sources for this episode include:

  • Temple News
  • The Tab
  • The Philadelphia Daily News
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Philadelphia NBC 10
  • Philadelphia ABC 6
  • Philadelphia CBS 3
  • Court Transcripts
  • Criminal Records Search

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2018’s Best and Worst in TwistedPhilly Part 2 – The Go Fund Me Scammers

One night in October, 2017,  a young woman from New Jersey drove along route 95, a major highway on the east coast.   Her story went something like this: she was on her way home from visiting a friend in Philadelphia and her car ran out of gas.  She coasted off the highway, down the exit ramp until her car finally died.  It was late at night, she was alone, no idea where the nearest gas station was.  She called her boyfriend told her he would come and get her.  But he was in New Jersey, so she’d be waiting a little while. 

Soon after her car stalled out a stranger approached her window.  His name was John Bobbit.  He had a slender, angular face, a long unruly beard and mustache.  Jon was homeless, but he saw a young woman alone and stranded and knew he could help. The young woman was Katie McClure, and her good fortune was breaking down off the exit ramp where John asked people for money.  

Katie and her boyfriend Marc D’Amico not only repaid John’s kindness, they decided to change his life and launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise $10,000 in an effort to help John Bobbit get off the street and into a drug rehabilitation program.  They never expected that campaign to raise over $400,000, nor did they expect to be arrested about a year later in November 2018, all three charged with fraud and conspiracy.

What happened?  How did this feel good story turn out to be such a disaster resulting in McClure and D’Amico’s house getting raided and Go Fund Me reimbursing 14,000 donors who contributed to this campaign?  You’ll find out in part two of the 2018’s best and worst in TwistedPhilly. 

Research sources for this episode include:

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • The Philadelphia Daily News
  • Philly Voice
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • Philadelphia NBC 10
  • Philadelphia ABC 6

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2018’s Best and Worst in TwistedPhilly – Part 1

As we turn  the page on another year, many of us take time to reflect on events of the past 12 months.  We look at events in our own lives, our families, our friends, and we look at the world around us, considering the good, the bad and the ugly of 2018.

With that in mind, I’ve curated a collection of some of the best, the worst, the craziest and unexpected, in TwistedPhilly, what happened in and around the city that made us laugh, made us cry, or made us say what the actual fuck just happened?

Some of these tales will be heartfelt, others will seem like miracles, and before we’re done there will be a few that leave you shaking your head in shame or embarrassment saying  “only in Philly.”

I’ll have a few friends join me along the way to give you their best or worst of 2018 in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection.  This episode is rather supersized, so I split it in two.  Part one is a menagerie of the best and worst Philly had to offer in 2018.  Part two features a story story we thought was one of the best tales born on Philly’s mean streets, only to realize it was a giant crock of burned whiz (if you’re not local that’s cheese whiz, something people put on cheese steaks .

Research sources for this episode include:

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • The Philadelphia Daily News
  • Philly Voice
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • Philadelphia NBC 10
  • Philadelphia ABC 6

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Almost Free – the Story of Ellen Gregory

This episode includes discussions about domestic violence.  If that subject is a trigger or difficult for you to hear, then I encourage you to skip this episode.  Listener discretion is advised.

Do you know the moment a relationship goes bad?  Is it one moment or thousands of little moments, or big ones, that add up over time?  Do 5 years or 10 years or 20 years eventually culminate into one instant where everything turns and you suddenly know it’s over, you know you’re over it and you have to get out. For Ellen Gregory Robb of Upper Merion, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, that moment came in fall 2006 when she told her brother she was leaving her husband Rafael Robb.

Ellen was almost free. 16 years of a difficult marriage to a difficult man who emotionally and physically abused her would soon come to an end. She had plans to leave; Ellen hired an attorney, found an apartment where she and her daughter could start over and Ellen had the support of her family and friends. But her escape never came. Just three days before Christmas in December, 2006, Ellen Gregory Robb was found murdered. The prime suspect was the one person who stood to lose the most in a divorce, her husband.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or abuse please call the national domestic abuse hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233.) If you can’t call, or would prefer to talk online, go to their website and click the CHAT NOW button at https://www.thehotline.org/

In Pennsylvania you can also contact the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence at http://www.pcadv.org/

Research sources for this episode include:

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • The Philadelphia Daily News
  • Philadelphia NBC 10
  • Philadelphia ABC 6
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • The Court of Montgomery County, PA: Prothonotary Case Search
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Psychology Today
  • Every Great Reason foundation website
  • Cruel Games by Rose Ciotta

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Christmas Bonus: Holiday Horror

I am a Christmas movie junkie! We watch holiday movies all year long, and then double down in December.  I love the classics, the comedies, even a few holiday romance films, but more than anything I love Christmas horror movies. 

No,Christmas horror movies don’ have much to do with Philly or Pennsylvania, but they are certainly twisted.  In December 2016 I released an episode about some of my favorite Christmas horror films.  That is one of the most re-listen episode for TwistedPhilly fans.  I’ve been repeatedly asked to release another episode about Christmas horror films.  Being a fan of the Princess Bride, my only response to that request is as you wish!

In this Christmas bonus episode I share a few new holiday horror films that have become fast favorites and are at the top of my list this season.  

TwistedPhilly is created, researched, produced and recorded by Deana Marie.

Special thanks to Emmy Cerra for the music you heard in this and almost every episode of TwistedPhilly. You can find out more about Emmy on her website at www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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TwistedPhilly is a member of the Dark Myths Collective.  For recommendations about other great podcasts, follow Dark Myths online:  Twitter @DarkMythsPods  http://darkmyths.org/

Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia with Irene Levy Baker

It’s hard to believe the last time Irene Levy Baker was a guest on TwistedPhilly was almost two years ago!  When we first sat down, Irene  just released her book 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia Before You Die.  Since then Irene has been hard at work on her second book: Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia.

Irene Levy Baker knows the Philly food scene.  Her nearly 30 year career in public relations here in Philadelphia, focusing on restaurants and hospitality, makes her an expert (in my opinion.)  She knows about the neighborhoods  filled with terrific places to eat, popular restaurants and out of the way locations about which you may be unfamiliar but once you find them you’ll be craving more.

In her book Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia, Irene shares history about Philadelphia, our restaurants, our chefs, plus amazing stories you’d never expect, like a marriage proposal over chocolate, a surprise 90th birthday party, and so many other secret tales hidden under the tablecloths or behind the kitchens.  Please join me in welcoming Irene Levy Baker back to TwistedPhilly podcast to talk about her new book Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia!

TwistedPhilly is created, researched, produced and recorded by Deana Marie.

Special thanks to Emmy Cerra for the music you heard in this and almost every episode of TwistedPhilly. You can find out more about Emmy on her website at www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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Holiday Happenings 2018

I love this time of year because it means I get to share an episode favorite with all of you; Holiday Happenings.

We’ve got a super sized episode this year, filled with old favorites, events and attractions I haven’t shared before and we go a little farther out the turnpike  to share some recommendations in other parts of Pennsylvania.

While I know many of you live outside of Philadelphia, whether you’re in another part of the US or another part of the world, my hope is listening to these holiday happenings episode makes you wish you could spend the holidays with us in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection.   Should ever have the chance to visit Philly and the surrounding areas during the winter, you’ll already have a fantastic list of places to enjoy while you’re here.  And maybe this episode will encourage you to check out events and celebrations in your own community.

TwistedPhilly is created, researched, produced and recorded by Deana Marie.

Special thanks to Emmy Cerra for the music you heard in this and almost every episode of TwistedPhilly. You can find out more about Emmy on her website at www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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TwistedPhilly is a member of the Dark Myths Collective.  For recommendations about other great podcasts, follow Dark Myths online:  Twitter @DarkMythsPods  http://darkmyths.org/

“Walk of Death” – America’s First Mass Shooter

WARNING: This episode discusses a mass shooting from 1949.  If that subject matter is a trigger, or something that may make you uncomfortable, please consider skipping this episode.  Additional warnings are contained within the episode.

According to a 2015 article in  Smithsonian.com, although the united states only represents about 5% of the population on the planet, we are home to almost 33% of the worlds mass shooters.

On the morning of September 6, 1949, 28 year old East Camden resident Howard Unruh shot 16 people in about 15 minutes, killing 13 and severely injuring 3 others. The police in Camden were ill equipped to deal with a mass murder of this scale because this was one of the first crimes of this nature in America.

Howard was a WWII veteran, a quiet young man who studied pharmacology at Temple University.  He split his time between Philadelphia and Camden, where he believed he was harassed by his neighbors.  One day his paranoid perceptions took over, pushing Howard to commit wage war on his own neighborhood.  In this episode we talk about  Howard, his victims, the survivors, especially one man in particular who was only 12 years old when he lived through Howard’s killing spree.

Primary research  sources for this episode include:

  • Camden Courier Post/Evening Courier Archives
  • Philadelphia Inquirer Archives
  • Philadelphia Daily News Archives
  • Delaware County Daily Times Archives
  • Smithsonian.com
  • Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers by Katherine Ramsland

TwistedPhilly is created, researched, produced and recorded by Deana Marie.

Special thanks to Emmy Cerra for the music you heard in this and almost every episode of TwistedPhilly. You can find out more about Emmy on her website at www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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TwistedPhilly is a member of the Dark Myths Collective.  For recommendations about other great podcasts, follow Dark Myths online:  Twitter @DarkMythsPods  http://darkmyths.org/

BONUS Episode: Nosteratu at Laurel Hill Cemetery from Educating Jeremy

Hey Twisters!  This week I’m on the road so while I’m traveling I wanted to share a special bonus episode with you from my other show, Educating Jeremy. Recently my fiance Jeremy and I watched the classic silent film Nosferatu outside on a big screen at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.  Cinema in the Cemetery is just one of the incredible events hosted by Laurel Hill.  The film was accompanied by a small orchestra called the Not So Silent Cinema, a group of musicians who create original scores to accompany silent films.  It was a fantastic experience, except of for the woman in front of us who poured her wine all over our stuff.

I hope you enjoy this special episode and maybe check out Educating Jeremy wherever you get your podcasts.

TwistedPhilly Podcast is created, researched, produced and published by Deana Marie.

Music graciously provided by independent artist Emmy Cerra.  Find out more about Emmy on her website at www.emmycerra.com and download her music on iTunes.

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The Town that Cancelled Halloween

On Friday morning, October 30, 1992, the battered body of eleven year old Shauna Howe was found in a shallow creek bed a few miles outside the town of Oil City, Pennsylvania.   Shauna was abducted Tuesday night, October 27, a few minutes after leaving a Girl Scout Halloween event.  For days Oil City police, the Pennsylvania State Police, family and neighbors searched for Shauna, hoping to return her to her family alive.  Sadly, their hopes were crushed when she was found murdered.

While we know small towns aren’t immune to the same tragedies we suffer in bigger cities, Oil City experienced very little violent crime.  Most of their criminal activity centered around property theft and petty crimes.   They weren’t prepared for a case like this one, a little girl abducted on her way home from a Halloween party, just a few blocks from her house.  Oil City, which sits about an hour and a half north of Pittsburgh, cancelled Halloween.  No one wanted their children out at night, after dark, for any reason whatsoever.

Police tested DNA from over 100 people in the community, including all the men in Shauna’s family, expecting to get a match to the DNA found on Shauna Howe’s body and clothing, but they didn’t.  It took 10 years for someone to uncover what happened to Shauna, and bring her killers to justice.   Yet once her murderers were behind bars, the city hadn’t reinstated nigh time trick or treating.  Eventually Halloween was reinstated, but only from 2PM till 4PM,  Finally in 2008, a little girl not much different from Shauna Howe convinced Oil City council to let their children trick or treat again at night.

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